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COM MAR 2012 xxB SMALL TOWN PAPERS 217 W COTA STREET SHELTON WA 985B4 i L \\;41 The Volume 110 No. 24 HINTON NEWS (Continuing the Hinton Daily News & The Weekend Leader) Home of "W. Va. Water Festival" Hinton, West Virginia Tuesday Sept. 25, 2012 I I [ Ribbo'n Cutting for Long Term Care Unit Slated By Fred Long A ribbon cutting for the long awaited reopening of the Long Term Care Unit on the third floor of ARH hospital has been slated for Wednesday at 3 o'clock, Main Street Hinton organizers announced today. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is expected to attend the event that will be held on the third floor. In November 2010 when ARH announced its intention to close the unit, House Delegate Virginia Mahan began working with area legislators and members of Main Street Hinton to transfer the unit over to the area nonprofit. ARH had suffered a loss of nearly $2 million keeping the facility operational while working with Main Street Hinton to transfer ownership, but when it was learned it could take another year and another million dollar loss, ARH closed the unit and moved residents to other facilities. The loss amounted to about 22 jobs and, because of a state Hinton Police Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs Sept. 29 On September 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Hinton Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Is giving the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Police will be at Hinton's Kroger, 308 Stokes Drive, that day to help residents dispose of unwanted prescription medicationss Cheif Derek Snavely said the department will be set up outside the entrance to the store and the service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. they will also have on display a new prescription drug collection box that was purchased for the department by Summers County ARH Hospital. This box will be on site for turning in your medications and will soon be placed in City Hall for citizens to utilize anytime. Hinton police will be maintaining the box and coordinating with DEA to turn in the medication as needed. moratorium on nursing home beds, a loss to the state if the hospital's certificate was relinquished, Commissioner Jerry Berry said. ARH kept the unit alive on paper while Main Street Hinton, with the assistance of Del. Mahan, secured funding that was required to perform upgrades to the existing facility. "Virginia Mahan became our hero," said Main Street Hinton President Mary Lou Halley, because of her work in securing hundreds of thousands of dollars to finance the renovations and state legislation that assisted with and made the transfer possible. The facility has now reached the point for a ribbon cutting ceremony and all residents of the area are invited to attend. More Marshall Week Activities Today we consider West Virginia to be wild and wonderful, especially in the New River Gorge. Imagine traveling this region 200 years ago. John Marshall did just that in 1812, leading a survey party into the wilds of western Virginia, including the New and Greenbrier Rivers. Commemorate this amazing trek and learn more of Marshall's expedition during ranger programs, all part of John Marshall Week in Summers County. Aranger talk and film may help awaken the eXplOrer in you, or take.guided walk along the Bluestone River. Each program is free and is a fun way to experience the out-of-doors and learn more My Ties to the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway By Perry Mann About 1870, the C&O had built its railroad to Taleott,W'v'. It had followed the Greenbrier River from Ronceverte. But at Talcott the river ran into Big Bend Mt. and had to make a sharp left turn and follow at the base of the mountain for 15 miles just to get to the other side of mountain which was only a mile or so as the crow flies from the Talcott side. Thus, rather than build 15 miles of railroad along the river around the mountain, the C&O dug the Big Bend Tunnel which was just a mile and a quarter in length. Helping to cut through the mountain was a steel-driving man named John Henry, who became a legend that is well-known. In 1893, my grandfather had about ninety acres surveyed on top of Big Bend which he bought from the Rollyson family. He built his and I was treated as a prince by my grandparents and spinster aunt. Even at that early age I began to love the place. I had a dog and cat. I fed chickens with my grandmother. My grandfather would come in from the fields with something in his pocket and ask me to reach in to see what it was. Once I remember well it was a rabbit so tiny it would fit in a teacup. I watched my aunt milk cows, I watched my grandfather slop the hogs, I saw meadows and woodlands and creeks and sky and clouds. And at night the heavens in all their glory unadulterated with the light of any other thing but maybe lightning bugs. Once my grandmother took me to the chicken house to a setting hen's nest. She liRed the hen in spite of her protests and revealed a nest full of fuzzy chicks. The consequence of this love was that I was on that farm with watched my grandmother choose a chicken for the pot and see that it got there. I have been there and helped in November to kill the hogs, butcher them, carve out the hams and shoulder, grind the pieces to sausage and watch my grandmother in inclement weather squatting to clean intestines for soap making. I have helped to shear sheep for their wool and to clip the tales of lambs and castrate calves and pigs. That is I have worked at the bottom of the economic mountain, the top of which are those players who gamble with the wealth that the bottom has produced just as the Saturday-night kind role dice to gain by luck. In December of 1941, I boarded a New York Central car to be transported to Columbus, Ohio, where I was inducted into the Army Air Corp. From there by train I was transported to Jefferson Barracks, about the natural world that surround us. These programs are also places to find out more about the people who shaped our past. Here's what's happening this weekend in the National Park Service sites: Friday, September 28 The John Marshall Expedition - An 1812 Survey Through the Virginias: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Meet t the Summers County Court House in-Hinting. Join ranger Frank Sellers for a presentation on an account of John Marshall's 1812 journey, including his stay on the islands at the mouth of the Greenbrier River (now Hinton, West Virginia). This presentation is sponsored by the West Virginia Humanities Council. Refreshments provided by the Summers County Historical Society. Saturday, September 29 Bluestone Walk: 10:00 am - 11:30 am. Meet at the base of Pipestem Resort State Park tramway. 2.0 mile walk. Meet a ranger at the bottom of Pipestem's tramway to walk within Bluestone National Scenic River. Along the way, enjoy the flora and fauna of the area and discover regional history. Bring $2.00 for the return tram ride. Wear comfortable walking shoes for this guided walk. Sunday, September 30 An Extraordinary Expedition into a Wild and Wonderful Land: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pro. Meet at the Sandstone Visitor Center in Sandstone. Enjoy this Jon Everill multimedia presentation commemorating John Marshall's survey expedition through this region, 200 years to the day when the Marshall party polled their boats past nearby Sandstone Falls. This presentation is sponsored by the Summers County Landmarks Commission. house there and raised with my grandmother five children to adulthood. My father was one of them. My mother's father had a few hundred acres of bottom land bordering the river where the railroad would have gone had no tunnel been constructed. My father courted my mother and they married and honeymooned in Washington D.C., having traveled there by the C&O Railway. My father's prospects in Summers County were not promising. WW I had just ended and there was work in Charleston, WV. He took his bride and boarded the train at Hinton and left Summers County and never returned except for visits via the C&O and later by auto. He acquired a house on Russell St. and with his bride set up housekeeping. Children came. I was first born March 12, 1921. At the birth with my mother were her mother and my father's sister. They had come to Charleston on the C&O and returned home on the train. When my sister came two years later, my aunt came to help my mother through the birth and she took me with her to the farm by train. I was the first male grandchild them every chance I had throughout my early life.And the way I got there was, you guessed it, the C&O Railway. During the Depression, I spent many months and years with my grandparents. I used to beg my parents for the $1.93 which was the fare from Charleston to Hinten on what else but the C&O Railway. I never had more than the fare. When the porter came through hawking coffee and ham sandwiches, I had belly rumbles over the thought of a ham sandwich. But the sandwich, which was two thick slices of bread between which was a sumptuous slice of ham, was 25 cents. I had not a nickel on me. I was happy when he went to the next car. The yearn for that sandwich somewhat subsided. I spent at the farm every Thanksgiving, every Christmas, and every Easter Holiday I could get the $1.93. Also, matters got so bad at home that I went to live with my grandparents year around. It was an education one could not receive any other way or place. I learned the basics and realities of life. I helped to prepare soil for seeds, to cultivate them, to harvest them and to watch the process of tabling them. I Missouri. Months later I hitchhiked from St. Louis to Charleston. Then back to the C&O for a ride to Detroit and some basic training, after which I boarded a C&O train to be carried to Newport News, Virginia, to become one of hundreds on a troopship. The train passed through Charleston on the way and stopped there in the middle of the night. I had my last sight of my hometown for a while. In December, 1945, I entrained the C&O at Union Station, Washington, D.C. for a transport to Charleston and home. Incidentally, while going through my grandfather's papers years after the war, I discovered a document showing that he had sold to the C&O Railway 18 chestnut oak railroad ties he had hewn with a broadax. The farm he got from the Rollyson folk was rocky but also tree wealthy. Today, the C&O tracks are a foothall-field distance from my front door. I hear the trains often and see the coal trains going east full and going west empty. And I hear Amtrack blow its horn from time to time. The Fast Flying Virginia and the George Washington, C&O's super passenger trains, are memories come alive on Railroad Days. 50 Cents The Summers County Commission proclaims Summers Count Association of Retired School Employees Week (SCARSE) "Whereas, the Summers County Association of Retired Schoo Employees (SCARSE) is an estimable and reputable organizatior within our county;" the proclamation says, "and, whereas, sai organization has performed many acts of community service; and whereas, said organization is an outstanding example o volunteerism; therefore, the Summers County Commissior proclaims September 23rd through September 29th, 2012 a= Summers County Association of Retired School Employee= SCARSE) Week and heartily endorses its celebration." Dougla., Wayne Harvey, President of the Summers County Association o Retired School Employees (center) is shown with Summer= County Commission President Jerry E. Berry (left) and Count Commissioner Jack David Woodrum (right). Rahall: Drug Take Back Day Helps Battle Rx Pill Abuse U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall (D- W.Va.) Monday urged southern West Virginians to participate in National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, September 29, when police departments across southern West Virginia will provide locations for residents to safely drop-off their expired or unused prescriptions and over-the-counter medications. "Fall is here and just as it is time to check the batteries in our smoke detectors, it's time to clean out our medicine cabinets. If every family pitches in, the whole community wins. With so many drop off points now, it is easier than ever to keep prescription pills out of the wrong hands," said Rahall, who is a senior member of the Congressional Caucus on Prescription DrugAbuse. "Anonymous drop off is quick and easy and one of the simplest, most effective, prevention measures we have to battle prescription drug abuse. Before this Saturday, I urge everyone to take a minute and gather up all their expired prescriptions, especially from 'Ground Zero' the family medicine Joyce Jarrell Scholarship Awarded Amera Ratllff, a 2008 graduate of Summers County High School, was awarded a Joyce Jarrell Scholarship by Joe Kessler at the Hlnton Area Foundatlon Scholarship Banqu(R held on May 24, 2012 at Pipestem State Park. Amera will be leaving In July to pursue a Masters Degree in the country of Israel. cabinet." Drug Take Back Day is sponsore nationwide by the U.S. Dru Enforcement Agency in coordinatio with state and local law enforcemer to provide the public with anc questions-asked opportunity to tur in expired, unwanted, or unuse pharmaceuticals, controlle substances, and other medicatio that will be safely removed fro communities and destroye Citizens can anonymously drop o medications between 10:00 a.m. an 2:00 p.m. at any one of the drop-o locations in southern West Virgini "After every one of these dayJ officials make headlines the ne morning with the tonnage of unuse pills that has been collected. Th unused prescription in the back the cabinet may seem innocer enough yet it could trigger one moi downward spiral for someone addin to the toll of negative impact o workforce, our health care costs, th millions of dollars for national an international interdiction, and eveI single day it claims the lives of o family, friends and neighbors. Thi may be the biggest challenge of o society, and the only way thi destructive trend can be reversed ! if everyone - I mean, everyone - get involved. Our nation's future - ot children's and grandchildren future - hangs in the balance," sai Rahall. Rahall is a strong supporter q proper medical disposal as one pro of the four-part strategy he J pursuing on prescription drug abus Aside from the human toll, t[ abuse of prescription drugs - no considered the greatest drug thre facing our nation - carries a hear economic cost of some $72.5 billio annually. Rahall's effort with tl Congressional Caucus o Prescription Drug Abuse is focuse on developing solutions on tb federal front to attack this scour in the short and long term. Rahall has been active and voc in promoting legislation that 1 introduced, H.R. 1925, th Prescription DrugAbuse Preventio and Treatment Act, the Hous companion measure to the Senat bill authored by Senator Rockefell (D-W.Va.), which would promot both physician and consume education, as well as authoriz federal funding to help states creat and maintain prescription dru moni'oring programs that all state can access.